Friends Home in Kennett: A senior community that values simplicity, friendship, and independence.
Friends Home, a non-profit organization, is a leader in providing affordable, quality care for older adults. This tradition of hospitality and caring began in 1898, when a group of Quakers living in southern Chester County recognized the need for a residence for the elderly members of their communities. The Home began in a rented house on West Linden Street in Kennett Square. Two years later, in July 1900, the Eaton Academy property (our current location) was purchased, remodeled and reopened in 1902.
Over the past 118 years the Friends Home has been renovated and expanded to meet the changing needs of our residents. The west wing was built in 1912, thanks to support from the Jeanes Fund, and the J. Warren Marshall wing was constructed in 1952. To accommodate residents who preferred apartment living, two adjacent houses were purchased and remodeled into seven comfortable apartments.
In 1980 our skilled nursing center, Linden Hall, was built to serve 16 residents who need skilled nursing care during times of temporary illness and recuperation, or for long-term care. Linden Hall was subsequently enlarged to 20 beds and continues to offer personalized care in a home-like setting.
In 2001 the Home’s Board of Directors launched a three-year, $1.3 million capital campaign to raise funds to further renovate the Home by installing a new heating and cooling system, adding private bathrooms to resident rooms, and redecorating public areas.
Friends Home continues to renovate and improve and is honored to be a part of the Kennett Square community. As a non-profit, faith-based organization, Friends Home maintains a primary focus on our mission and the needs of our residents. Our Home’s mission continues to be a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality care in a homelike atmosphere for older men and women of modest means.
We encourage independence and we respect the individuality and dignity of all in keeping with the values of the Religious Society of Friends.